SPOTLIGHT STILL CALLING GEORGE
Acting veteran George Segal has enjoyed a long and distinguished career on TV and the big screen – but he has no intention of slowing down now
When most people hit 80, they either laze away their days in retirement or get shoved in a nursing home – but not George Segal.
Segal, who shot to fame in the 1970s with hit movies including A Touch of Class, Blume in Love, and California Split, is busier than ever.
Segal plays grandad Albert ‘‘Pops’’ Solomon on sitcom The Goldbergs. The role comes a decade after he played magazine editor Jack Gallo in TV comedy Just Shoot Me.
In between, Segal has enjoyed feature roles in movies (Sean Giambrone). Wendi McLendon-Covey ( Bridesmaids) is mum Beverly, with Troy Gentile and Hayley Orrantia playing Adam’s siblings Barry and Erica.
The show is based on the real-life childhood experiences of creator Adam F. Goldberg ( Breaking In).
“Sean, who plays the young Adam, is really easy to love. It is easy to be his grandfather. I’ve never had the experience of representing a real family, and real grandfather, before.”
Segal grew up in Great Neck, New York.
After an early stint on Broadway, it was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that put him on the map. The Goldbergs, Channel 7, Wednesday, 9.30pm.
George Segal is relishing his new role as Albert ‘Pops’ Solomon in